Agassi, Pete pass on Davis Cup

Tennis Fool
09-10-2002, 09:57 PM
Sampras, understandable. Agassi:rolleyes:

U.S team to field Roddick, Blake, Martin, Fish

Associated Press

NEW YORK -- The all-American U.S. Open final between Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi took enough out of both players to keep them off the Davis Cup team.

Sampras beat Agassi to win the U.S. Open on Sunday, and told team captain Patrick McEnroe a day later that he wasn't ready to play in next weekend's Davis Cup semifinal match against France in Paris.

"I think Pete needs time to digest what happened and decide what he wants to do," McEnroe said Tuesday. "I think he's just worn out, and I certainly understand that."

Once the United States' top two players passed on the chance, McEnroe chose Andy Roddick, James Blake, Todd Martin and Mardy Fish to play France on the clay at Roland Garros, home of the French Open.

Roddick and Blake will play singles, and there is a good chance that Blake and Martin will comprise the doubles team. That pair beat Mahesh Bhupathi and Max Mirnyi, the U.S. Open doubles champions, to win the ATP Tour's event in Cincinnati last month.

Sampras eliminated Roddick in the U.S. Open quarterfinals en route to his first singles title since winning Wimbledon in 2000.

"It's time for the younger guys to take the baton and run with it," said McEnroe, whose term as captain was extended by two years on Tuesday. "This is a big step, we're relying on them."

Agassi had previously decided that he wasn't going to play, but McEnroe held out hope that he would change his mind.

"I really want the guys who want to be there," McEnroe said. "I've seen too many situations in Davis Cup when the so-called best players were there and didn't want to be there for whatever reason. And that never works."

McEnroe said that had Agassi won the U.S. Open, he thinks Agassi's Davis Cup decision might have changed.

"I think Andre was devastated with his loss," McEnroe said. "Andre has said all along he is not going to play Davis Cup. I wasn't surprised that he declined."

Sampras, who has won a record 14 Grand Slam singles titles, has never advanced past the semifinals on the red clay of Roland Garros, losing in the first round this year.

McEnroe noted that, saying that having Sampras on the team didn't guarantee a U.S. victory.

"I had a conversation with Pete that was very honest and very straightforward," McEnroe said. "When he told me that he's exhausted and having lots of emotions, that was pretty much the answer."

Sebastien Grosjean, Arnaud Clement, Fabrice Santoro and Michael Llodra were chosen last week to represent defending champion France in the semifinal, scheduled for Sept. 20-22.

The United States and France have met 13 times in Davis Cup play, with the Americans holding a 7-6 advantage.

The last match between France and the United States at Roland Garros was the 1932 final, which France won 3-2. France hasn't played there since 1982, when it defeated Czechoslovakia in a quarterfinal.

"I think our chances are excellent," McEnroe said. "Obviously, playing in Paris will be difficult, but we're looking forward to it. The guys really wanted to play at Roland Garros."

09-10-2002, 09:59 PM
Lol, it's understandable. Pete wouldn't be much help in Roland Garros anyway.

Chloe le Bopper
09-10-2002, 10:28 PM
It saved Pat having to bring Pete along fro the ride :o But for sure I understand his reasonings. Andre made it as far as him at the Open, so i understand his as well.

It is a shame that the US isn't like other countries where guys are literally falling over themselves to get the chance to play for their country, but at least you have young guys who will hopefully change that. Guys like Todd Martin are great role models for them in the Davis Cup.

All that said if the French find a way to lose this I will be horrified :eek:

09-11-2002, 02:02 AM
Is Fish a better pick the Gambill? Maybe on clay?

Poor Jan Michael, it seems he is always left out, even if clay isn't a good surface for him...

09-11-2002, 02:07 AM
Originally posted by GugaFan
Is Fish a better pick the Gambill? Maybe on clay?

For doubles, yes.

Chloe le Bopper
09-11-2002, 02:20 AM
Originally posted by TennisHack

For doubles, yes.

I'm not sure that I agree with that at all. Did Gambill not win a masters series in doubles on clay earlier this year?

Jan Mike has actually had pretty good results in doubles with a number of different partners.

It appears the Davis Cup camp has given up on him :fiery:

Tennis Fool
09-11-2002, 02:22 AM
Tennis "You Cannot Be Serious" "LMAO" "Thick Head" Hack,

You gonna impress me today? I'm ready for a good laugh. Post reply, please:):):):)

Chloe le Bopper
09-11-2002, 02:34 AM
*not getting into the above*

Just to back up my point...

This year Gambill has done the following in doubles:

Upset Bhupathi and Paes in Memphis with Andy Roddick, before falling to the Bryans in the next round 4-10in the stuper breaker.

Reached the finals in Houston with Graydon Oliver, before falling to Roddick/Fish.

His run in Hamburg with Bhupathi was the one I was talking about:

Hamburg TMS, Germany
Tennis Masters Series, 5/13/2002, O, Clay , Draw: 32, Partner: Mahesh Bhupathi (IND )

R32 Bryan, Bob (USA )/
Bryan, Mike (USA ) 3-6 6-2 10-7
R16 Cibulec, Tomas (CZE )/
Paes, Leander (IND ) 6-2 4-6 10-5
Q Kiefer, Nicolas (GER )/
Pavel, Andrei (ROM ) 5-7 7-5 10-8
S Ferreira, Wayne (RSA )/
Kafelnikov, Yevgeny (RUS ) 6-1 7-6(3)
W Bjorkman, Jonas (SWE )/
Woodbridge, Todd (AUS ) 6-2 6-4

As you can see, they knocked off some of the best doubles teams in the world. Granted he was playing with Bhupathi, but he must have been doing something right ;)

At Wimbledon, he and Graydon Oliver fell to the Bryans in round two, in a 5 setter.

Anyhow, a lot of his doubles losses have came to great teams, and his teams have upset some of them as well :)

Chloe le Bopper
09-11-2002, 02:37 AM
Not to take away from Fish of course..

But Fish hasn't had the same results in either singles or doubles, that Gambill has.

I realize that the USTA wants to pump up their next generation, but how can they do that when they give the shaft a 25 year old?

It isn't fair :( Sure his Davis Cup results have been spotty, but who can blame him for getting beat on clay to Spain? Or losing to Roger Federer?

09-11-2002, 03:17 AM
Fish would be better in water rather than clay surely ;)

09-11-2002, 03:32 AM
France have a tough team. Last year Australia couldn't beat them in the final despite playing @ Melbourne Park and having both Hewitt and Rafter in the team. Hewitt has had some pretty bad results on that court, which is probably why Memorial Drive was chosen for the upcomming tie against India

Chloe le Bopper
09-11-2002, 04:14 AM
The Aussie's made a number of mistakes IMO.

For starters, putting the tie on grass when their number one player had lost his previous match on grass to one of the French players :confused:, who happened to have an unbeaten record in Davis Cup.

And the Hewitt-Rafter doubles pairing over the number one doubles player in the world at the time?

09-11-2002, 10:41 AM
Originally posted by Tennis Fool
Sampras, understandable. Agassi:rolleyes:

andre played more this summer and he wants to give the younger players a chance. what's wrong with that :confused:

also he has is charity evening a week later :angel:

09-11-2002, 12:45 PM
Originally posted by Rebecca
The Aussie's made a number of mistakes IMO.

For starters, putting the tie on grass when their number one player had lost his previous match on grass to one of the French players :confused:, who happened to have an unbeaten record in Davis Cup.

And the Hewitt-Rafter doubles pairing over the number one doubles player in the world at the time?

I dont think grass was a mistake. Thats probably Hewitt amd Rafter's best surface, and Pat might not have won against Grosjean if it was on clay or something else. And he needed a quick surface to make the match short because of his arm injury. Escude is a good player on all surfaces and probably would have beaten Hewitt on anything else too. He has Hewitt's number just like Moya does.
I agree that the doubles thing was a mistake, but the French doubles team were playing so well on the day i think they would probably have beaten Woodbridge and Arthurs. I dont think they've had such great results together because they're not normally doubles partners.

09-12-2002, 02:36 AM
The doubles pair was trying the same trick they did against us :fiery:
Pat was injured and it was too much for him, but I dont think it was a HUGE mistake. It was risky. You have to risk to win. In the end, Escude was just too good!

Chloe le Bopper
09-12-2002, 03:50 AM
Pat and Hewitt had three US Open titles between them.

Hard court would have made more sense, IMO.

the cat
09-12-2002, 06:25 PM
I knew Sampras would back out. And i never thought Agassi was a real consideration.

But to take Fish ahead of Gambill is a big gamble! :eek: Especially with Roddick having a foot injury. Would you rather have Gambill or Fish replacing an injured player to Play Grosjean or Clement? Gambill of course. And who's servwe would you rather have in adoubles match, Fish's or Gambill's? Gambill's of course.

And Becca makes a good point about the top players from other countries placing a higher priority on the Davis Cup than the top American players do.